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  • Silvio Lopes

Navigating electronic tolls in Portugal.

Portugal is known for its rich culture, beautiful landscapes and delicious cuisine. However, when planning a road trip through the country, it is important to understand how tolls work to avoid unpleasant surprises. Many tourists are not well informed about this topic, which can result in unnecessary confusion and stress. This article aims to clarify the most common questions and provide a useful guide to help you navigate the tolls in Portugal with ease.

Understanding Electronic Tolls

Portugal offers an electronic toll system that is easy and convenient to use, especially for long-term stays. If you plan to stay in the country for more than three days, we recommend that you opt for the "Easy tolls" service. All you need to do is register your credit card details and vehicle information via dedicated websites such as

This system has a one month validity period and payment will be made directly from your credit card. However, keep in mind that this system is only valid for electronic tolls.

Physical tolls

In addition to electronic tolls, Portugal also has physical tolls, where you must stop and pick up a ticket. At the end of your trip, you must stop again and present your ticket for payment. It is important never to enter the lane indicated as "Via Verde". This lane is for the exclusive use of Via Verde electronic devices.

Via Verde: What is it?

The Green Lane is usually the leftmost lane. It is marked with a green "V" at the top and bordered by green lights. This lane is exclusive to users with Via Verde devices previously purchased on an ownership or rental basis and should not be used by drivers who are paying manually at physical toll booths.

Entering Portugal

When entering Portugal via the main highways with electronic tolls, you should take the exit marked "estrangeiros". This will take you to the booths where you can insert your credit card. Please note that debit cards are not accepted for this purpose.

Remember, this electronic toll system is only valid for highways where there are no physical toll booths. If there are physical toll booths, you are obliged to stop at the booth, collect the ticket, and at the end stop again at the booth to present the ticket and make the payment.

In short, driving in Portugal can be a pleasant and stress-free experience, provided you are well informed about how tolls work. So before you embark on your trip, make sure you research and understand the country's toll rules. This way, you'll be able to enjoy the beauty of Portugal without worries!

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